Okay, peeps….It’s past the mid-year mark. How are you and your business performing based on your goals for 2013?
If you’re serious about growth and success, you must write your goals down. Don’t just shove them in the drawer or never look at them again…keep your written goals right in front of you so can review often. It’s recommended that you do a full review of your goals and the progress you have made with them at least weekly. Frequency of review is imperative to goal achievement. The purpose is to identify what’s working and what’s not working. Do the goals still align with the original purpose and vision behind them? Have resources or tools been put in place to support them? Are they working and progressing? Small progression is still progression.
Often when working with our clients, we meet the following people:
· Goals? Who needs goals? I have a job that provides me a paycheck! That’s all I need!
o In this industry, you’re basically self-employed and responsible for managing your own income levels and retirement plan. If you don’t start thinking of the “big picture”, what are you going to do when you’re 60 years old and wanting to retire? Do you have a plan in place that will support you, your family and the lifestyle you’re accustomed to without standing behind the chair because you have to and not because you want to?
· I have goals…in my head, but I don’t know how to communicate them in writing.
o Written goals don’t have to be poetic or perfect! They’re your goals and only for you, your family and/or team to see. Don’t put any energy into making sure they appear to be perfect or sensible for anyone but YOU.
· I wrote goals down once, but they never came true. So, why bother?
o Uh…yeah…how’s that attitude and approach working for ya? If you’re serious about growing and achieving more in your life – regardless of what it is – you must remain consistent and focused on steps that will get you closer to what you truly want. We all know the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over, expecting different results. So why not try something different and drop the cynicism…and work for some positive changes in your life?
· My “boss” makes us write goals, but I think it’s stupid. Why can’t I just come in and do my job every day without this pressure?
o Perhaps you should consider a change in your situation? Are you truly in the right place if you think that the person who is helping you support your livelihood is stupid for wanting to help you become a better version of yourself?
· I’ve got goals, but I keep coming up short on where I want to be. Maybe I should just go back to being okay with the status quo?
o Um, NO! You must STOP that negativity in your head and celebrate your WINS! Congratulations on making an effort and progress toward achieving your dreams! Find a personal coach or business advisor who can help you make the progress that you would like to get.
When we work with our clients, we partner with them to evaluate their short & long-term goals and help them create a strategic plan to drive achievement. We help review resources that will be necessary, identify behaviors or habits that may be in the way, and how to create a structured, easy to use and understand plan to put into operation. Without this type of coaching, sometimes you can be identified as “all attitude, lots of skill, but no success”–a big declaration about what you’re going to do and what needs to happen, but little attention to implementation, identifying resources, and making sure that people are deployed properly to create the results you’re looking for.
Why would you continue down a path that is not taking you where you want to go? This is the time to review where you are at (just AS-IS IT) on your journey. Conducting a “get real with yourself” midyear review still allows time for a midpoint correction if needed. You must be brave enough to evaluate where you are and determine where you want to go. Identify distractions and energy drainers. Stop the negative trends NOW –before your situation demands it. Reconnect with your purpose and vision. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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